Art Bergmann Live and Alive – Review and Interview

Blue Peter's Chris Wardman and Jason Sniderman recently played some shows with Vancouver legend Art Bergmann.

[...“Dirge #1” sounded great thanks to his fantastic band which included producer/guitarist Chris Wardman and Blue Rodeo skin man Glenn Milchem.]

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Who: Art Bergmann
From: Vancouver, BC
Where: This Ain’t Hollywood, Hamilton ON
When: Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mike Bambrick in ZRO4

Mike Bambrick, founding Blue Peter drummer in a shot that is actually both post and pre band. Mike and Chris Wardman had a teenage band that needed a bass player. Mike suggested Geoff McOuat.... and Geoff had this friend Paul Humphrey, and a name: Blue Peter.

But Chris, Paul and Geoff were still in school and Mike wanted to start playing professionally so he eventually left to play in punk bands like The Ugly and ZRO4, (shown here with Rick Joudrey's brother Dave, who was also a Viletone). Mike also played in The Sharks with Sherry Kean, David Baxter and future Blue Rodeo bass player Bazil Donovan. Then, in late 1979, he rejoined Blue Peter. So this vintage 70's pic is kind of an after-and-before photo.

Mike Bambrick in ZRO4.
L to R: Dave Joudrey, Zero, Mike Bambrick, Tony Brighton.

Chris & Jason Performing with Art Bergmann

From Ben Rayner's Art Bergmann interview:
Bergmann plays the Great Hall on Friday night with an all-star band that includes Blue Rodeo’s Glenn Milchem, ex-Blue Peter members Chris Wardman and Jason Sniderman, and bassist John Dinsmore.

Also playing This Ain't Hollywood on Thursday Oct 23 and Wakefield QUE on Saturday Oct 25. C'mon out.

By: Ben Rayner
Pop Music Critic, Published on Wed Oct 22 2014

CBC Music: The 20 best music videos of the '80s

Artist:Blue Pete
"Don't Walk Past"
Year: 1983

Highlights: Multiple martinis, a typewriter (what is that again?), a checkerboard floor, artsy lighting, mysterious authorities, David Byrne-like dancing.

Did you know? The video was once number 85 on a MuchMusic list of top videos of the century.


Gallery posted by Jennifer Van Evra

When the '80s hit, so did the relatively new phenomenon of the music video. As the form proliferated, so did the TV networks.

CBC counts down 11 favourite vintage Canadian new wave bands

It's all back: the synths, the skinny jeans, the studded jackets and, of course, the hair — and along with it, an ever-growing new wave of new wave bands.

7. Blue Peter
"At the forefront of the movement — their 'Chinese Graffiti,' 'Radio Silence' and 'Don't Walk Past' are a trifecta of new wave gems."

Bandaged rock violinist Nash the Slash, a.k.a. Jeff Plewman, dead at 66

Nash the Slash, the Toronto experimental musician born Jeff Plewman, whose projects included the progressive rock band FM, has died at age 66.

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Plewman, who frequently performed wrapped in surgical bandages with a top hat and sunglasses, posted the following message in 2012 to announce his retirement:
(Excerpt:) Thank you to David Marsden and CFNY-FM for being the only Canadian radio to play my music (as well as the records of a multitude of rising independent Toronto bands like Drastic Measures, The Diodes, The Curse, Blue Peter and Teenage Head).

Then & Now: The Edge

After punk exploded in the late ’70s, this infamous Gerrard Street new-wave mecca kept the fire burning into the ’80s—even if its many famous performers were in danger of getting doused by the overflowing upstairs toilets leaking onto the stage.

[We nurtured a lot of local groups who got signed from playing regularly at The Edge and from being promoted the same ways we would promote The Police or whoever,” says Topp.
He namechecks more than a dozen Toronto acts of the time, including The Mods, Drastic Measures, The Sharks, The Curse, Spoons, Battered Wives, The Demics, The Dishes, Johnny and the G-Rays, Blue Peter, and The B-Girls.]

Now Magazine: Blue Peter's promising push

Blue Peter's promising push
By Michael Hollett
May 26-June 1, 1983

Blue Peter burst on the Toronto music scene back in 1978 with a confident swagger and unique sound that wouldn't be denied. But it was, and now, five years later, Blue Peter has learned to function as a band whose potential has yet to be matched by their success.

Because of the initial publicity the band attracted, hopes were high and a lot was looked for from a band whose members were all in their teens. As a result, the band has done much of its development under the steely-eyed stare of an expectant public. And to some, this has meant Blue Peter has been viewed as a band that's stalling instead of merely going through the growing pains that others have experienced in the privacy or their rec rooms or half empty bars.

Music Express: Canadian Cold Cuts

Music Express Issue #76 '84
Canadian Cold Cuts
Blue Peter

The first impression on receiving this 4-song EP was "Oh jeez, here's Blue Peter milking a minor hit single (Don't Walk Past) for all it's worth." I mean, not only was the song a focal point of their Falling album but it was also released as a 12-inch single and now, hot on the trail of MTV pushing the video on medium rotation, we have a six-minute dance mix version.

But surprisingly, Version works because it allows us to discover a totally different aspect of Blue Peter, one that doesn't centre around the Ferryesque persona of lead man Paul Humphrey. By instumentalizing the arrangements, the onus is on the rest of the band to carry the tunes and this they do with zestful conviction. Keyboardist Jason Sniderman and guitarist Chris Wardman turn in performances that inject new life into Don't Walk Past and Unchained Heart while Real News is transformed into a hot instrumental piece.

Joni Gives Royal Nod To Blue Peter

Jonathan Gross - The Toronto Sun

Joni Mitchell didn't say whether she had popped into the Head Space Saturday night just to put a little money on the Maple Leafs, but her presence lent the warm buzz of celebrity to Blue Peter's album release party.

"No pictures please. I'm trying to keep a low profile," pleaded Mitchell, in town taking advantage of her citizenship to act in a feature film. "I like the band, though!"

Unsolicited endorsements aside, Blue Peter has become a formidable dance band that has matured steadily since their humble beginning two years ago as openers for lame outfits like The Battered Newsmen. Talk about paying your dues!

Like most young rockers singer Paul Humphrey started out borrowing heavily from a favorite for style. In his case it was David Bowie, and Humphrey played the 'thin white youth' role for all it was worth, working on a clever visual contrast of genteel poise against the primitive backdrop of a a semi-competent three chord cover band.

Blue Peter Displays A Wide Range Of Talent

Blue Peter Displays A Wide Range Of Talent
The Globe and Mail
FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 1984

BLUE PETER'S concert at the Ontario Place Forum last night amply demonstrated that the young Toronto band is one of the best live groups in the country and deserves to be reaching a wider audience outside Canada. The capacity crowd of about 12,000 must have been sufficiently inspiring, though, for the group was in excellent form, both with old songs and a few new and promising tunes.

Blue Peter: Falling In Love Again

Blue Peter: Falling In Love Again
by Carmen Mills
Gazette Staff
Friday October 7, 1983

Since its inception five years ago Blue Peter has worked its way to a familiar place on the Ontario club and concert hall circuit. Their 1981 lp Radio Silence garnered this four-man ensemble extensive national airplay. With the recent addition or Jason Sniderman on keyboards, Blue Peter's sound has been expanded and refined. This month a brand new album, Falling. was released by Ready Records. In an interview this week Sniderman spoke to The Gazette about changing, playing, Falling, and clothing.

Blue Peter showcases motivated talent

THE GAZETTE, Tuesday, Jan. 13,1981
Blue Peter showcases motivated talent
by Brendan Wycks
Gazette Staff

Blue Peter, that band from Toronto whose talent, if recognized, should promise a future of international renown, was in town last weekend for a three night stint at the Cedar Lounge. From the initial chord of the opening set Saturday night, the dance floor was overflowing.

Lead singer Paul Humphrey's natural aura of confident abandon won over people immediately; the usual routine of waiting for an inebriated introvert to break the ice was dispensed with on this occasion. Humphrey is both visually and vocally comparable to rock's brilliant chameleon, David Bowie. The beginning bars of 'Cloak and Dagger' saw Humphrey twisting, bending & gyrating and thrusting to the pulse of his musical support.

Collectively the band was incredibly tight. The sound was crystal clear and unmarred by any technical foul-ups. It was loud but not offensive.

FM Times Review: Up To You

Blue Peter: Up To You

At last there is a major release from Toronto-based band Blue Peter, and the six·song EP Up To You has been well worth the walt.

Like their previous releases. Up To You was produced by the band's songwriter and guitarist Chris Wardman, with the help of engineer Kevin Doyle. The production, like everything else about the band, has matured a great deal since the last album, Radio Silence.

The songs are more complex musically and the arrangements more sophisticated They no longer rely primarily on guitar, bass and drums alone but have added synthesizers and horns to some songs. This results in greater variety in the sound and mood of the songs: tho smooth. soaring synthesizer accompaniment in "Around You" contrasts sharply with the bright, bouncy horns in the funky title song.

Chris Wardman: Easy on the Politics

Toronto-based band Blue Peter has just released a new EP entitled Up To You. Last time they played at Ballinger's I talked to Chris Wardman, guitar player and songwriter for the band.

CKMS: Why did you call the EP Up To You?
WARDMAN: We thought that would show that people are responsible for themselves. We were trying to hint at that in a subtle way.

CKMS: Do you think that music can influence or change people?
WARDMAN: Not really. I think if people are barraged by a lot of propaganda that they'll subtly pick it up. So we're just trying to counteract that.

CKMS: So yours is alternative propaganda?
WARDMAN: Exactly.
PAUL HUMPHREY: (lead singer) I want to say something about propaganda. They're the type of lyrics that make people shy away from propaganda. and make people perhaps start cutting the strings that make them puppets.
WARDMAN: It's alternative propaganda.